There are long beaches, dramatic castles and coastal walks to explore; then return to a cuppa in the courtyard or a local beer in the convivial Hotspur Bar. Or a soak in a copper bath if you’ve booked one of the big rooms. A robust supper from Towers Kitchen will set you up for more of the same tomorrow.
- Smart bedrooms are truly individual, with lovely designer finishes
- Lots of practical touches – dog-wash and interconnecting rooms for families or groups of friends
- A fun and lively bar-restaurant that’s a cut above your average seaside hotel
- High-quality fittings and finishes, from solid-wood floors and bathrooms shelves to padded coat-hangers and cut-glass tumblers
- If you don't know northeast Northumberland, it's well worth the journey: history and nature galore, and no crowds
- Despite being in a seaside resort, there are few rooms with sea views
- It’s a good 10-15-minute walk to the sandy beach
- No guest lounge apart from a semi-separate room adjoining the bar with just a few armchairs, a wood-burning stove and TV
- Be aware there can be lots of dogs – overnighters and day-visitors – in most public rooms, apart from the ground floor dining area
Best time to go
Our top tips
If visiting Dunstanburgh Castle, order crab sandwiches at the village’s Jolly Fisherman pub and takeaway kippers from the smokehouses.
- Boutique Hotel
- 18 rooms
- Restaurant & bar
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car recommended
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
Spread over three floors, the 18 bedrooms blend townhouse smartness with seaside sassiness. Elegant headboards and smart upholstered armchairs mix with fun feature wallpapers (perhaps shells, meadow-flowers or nautical stripes) and seaside touches, such as framed beachcomber finds, model ships and vintage postcards. Some have exposed stone walls and beams which, together with leather chairs and plain-wood furniture, lend a down-to-earthiness. Big tassled tie-backs, gleaming Anglepoise lamps and vintage pressed-glass tumblers add a touch of glamour.
Bathrooms have a contemporary-cottage feel, with tongue-and-groove panelling, solid sinks, underfloor heating and soothing shades. Push the boat out (ho ho) with a Heritage room and you’ll be wowed with copper baths, chandeliers and some of the best views.
We liked the bath under the window in Yarkin and in Craa’s Nest (where we stayed), and the window-seats in Hyem and Canty (Northumbrian dialect words, in case you're wondering). Locally made shortbread and Belgian chocolate fingers are nice touches.
The restaurant-lounge, The Towers has a lively, clubby feel, with its leather chairs, parquet floor and mix of kitchen and nautical paraphernalia. Not surprisingly, the menu bubbles with hearty fishy dishes - great, straightforward stuff for hungry diners after a day of bracing sea air. Local oysters or mussels could be followed by their signature fisherman’s pie, or beer-battered fish and chips with crushed minted peas. Home-made burger – a tower of two beef patties and home-made chutney - is another favourite, and there are always daily specials. Dishes are cooked without pretension; vegetarians are not ignored, but may feel overshadowed.
Breakfast is another hearty affair, including local kippers, eggs how you want – we loved our plates of bright-yellow, creamy scrambled eggs – and a full vegetarian, as well as a standard grill.
The Hotspur Bar prides itself on a discerning menu of wines, local beers and a unique range of spirits, and pitches itself very much as the beating heart of the village.
- Coffee maker
- Room service
- The sheltered 3km curve of Beadnell beach is one of the most attractive on the Northumberland coast
- Other beaches include pretty Low Newton, the long sands of Bamburgh nestled below the eponymous castle (both 8km) and breezy Alnmouth (24km)
- Step up the adrenaline levels with kite-surfing, windsurfing or coasteering; the hotel can arrange lessons
- Bird- and wildlife-lovers will enjoy boat trips to the Farne Islands to spot seabirds and seals, or scanning Budle Bay for winter waders such as geese and wigeon
- Pick a castle: besides Bamburgh, there are the gaunt ruins of Dunstanburgh near Craster (14km), and the glittering interiors of Alnwick (22km)
- Alnwick is worth a day-visit: castle aside, there’s the contemporary-style Alnwick Garden and sturdy independent shops including Barter Books, one of the UK’s largest second-hand bookshops
- And it's only half an hour's drive (tide permitting) to the eerily beautiful monastic island and castle of Lindisfarne
As Beadnell is a seaside resort, not surprisingly, the hotel is happy to look after families, although family rooms are limited. Children’s menus are available.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The best rooms for families are Shiel, Harberance and Canty as these have double sofabeds; Harberance has a private entrance and also interconnects with adjoining Faad. There are two further sets of interconnecting rooms (Canty and Hyem, and Muckle Hoose and Lonnen). In addition, most Heritage and Delightful rooms can take an extra bed, and all can take a baby cot
- Airport: 60 minutes (Newcastle)
- Hospital: 20 minutes (Alnwick)
- Shops: 2 minutes
Beadnell Towers is on one of the main streets of the seaside village of Beadnell – 22km north east of Alnwick – and a 10-minute walk from the beach. The hotel is just off the B1340, part of Northumberland’s scenic coastal route. The quickest route to the A1 is around 15 minutes.
London is 6 hours, Edinburgh 2 hours, Newcastle 1 hour.
Beadnell is 23km/14.5m from Alnmouth station or 39km/24m from Berwick-upon-Tweed station, both on the main east coast line between Edinburgh (40m-1hr) and London Kings Cross (3.5h-4h).
The nearest airports are Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.
- Newcastle 76.0 km NCL
- Newcastle 175.0 km EDI
- Beach 0.5 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km